Like many attractions that characterize the Melburnian landscape, this is Australia’s oldest active zoo. In 1862, the zoo was intended as a transit hub so that animals could acclimate to their new environment. However, it wasn’t until eight years later, in 1870, that the zoo would be open to the public. The city of Melbourne donated the land. The zoo holds more than 320 species divided by bioclimatic zones, such as the famous African Rainforest, which hosts Gorillas and Hippos. Guests are also able to book overnight stays to see nocturnal animals.